13 July—27 October 2024

Train rides

Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed. The train will be pulled by the locomotive Henbury.

Bristol Harbour Railway was built by the Great Western Railway in the 1870s and extended in the 1900s. After a century as a goods railway, it was handed over to the museum and has run as a heritage railway ever since. The railway runs on the quayside between M Shed and the SS Great Britain.

Our two Bristol-built steam locomotives, Henbury and Portbury, served their working lives on the docks railway system at Avonmouth. The wagons are types once commonly seen on the docks at Avonmouth and here in the old City Docks.

Dates for 2024

  • Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 July
  • Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July
  • Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August
  • Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August

More weekend dates to follow.

Additional information

Please note, M Shed’s large working exhibits are operated by volunteers. Occasionally crew shortages, mechanical difficulties or adverse weather conditions may force us to alter or cancel the advertised event.

We advise you to check with us to avoid disappointment by calling 0117 352 6600.

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